Horticulture Technician, Certificate

If gardening is your passion, why not make it your career?

horticulture student

Program at a glance



Work experience

Clinical/fieldwork placement

Study options


Open to International


Area of study

Trades Foundation


10 months

Start this July

The Horticulture Technician program starts every July. By the end of April, you’ll have your certificate and job-ready skills. Just in time for the industry’s busy season!

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This 10 month program is offered through Camosun College, with classes held at the campus of Royal Roads University starting in July of each year. You'll have two work experience terms during the first two weeks of October, and upon completion of classes during the first two weeks of April.

Are you a future Horticulturist?

Horticulture is the science, technology and art of plant cultivation. From gardens to multinational corporations, horticulture is a diverse and essential trade.

Horticulturists can work in industry, government or educational institutions or private collections.

Employment opportunities

The Horticulture Technician program will provide you with a wide range of employment opportunities in the horticulture industry including landscaping, landscape maintenance, parks, golf courses, retail garden outlets, greenhouses, silviculture, wholesale nurseries and plant propagation.

You’ll gain advanced skills and knowledge in botany, greenhouse management, landscape design and business practices for self-employment.

After graduation

As a graduate of the Horticulture Technician program, you'll have the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into Production Horticulturist, Landscape Horticulturist and Arboriculturist programs. Camosun has articulated agreements with other horticulture colleges if you wish to further your education towards a diploma or a degree.

As a graduate of the program, you'll receive credit for Level 1 and Level 2 apprenticeship and 500 hours of the Horticulture apprenticeship.

See the SkilledTradesBC Horticulture Technician Foundation program profile to find apprenticeship training opportunities.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

Get your hands dirty

The Horticulture Technician Program provides a blend of theory and practical work. You'll acquire skills in botany, plant identification, nursery production, greenhouse management, landscape design, and maintenance.

What to expect

Located at Royal Roads University, this two-term, full-time program is ten months long and starts every July. Classes are scheduled for 5 days a week, 6 hours each day. The multi-faceted approach starts with theory and lectures in the classroom, which are reinforced with hands-on training, and individual and group work in the gardens, greenhouses, and landscaped areas. Field trips to prominent local gardens and nurseries provide examples of best practices and an introduction to established industry players. Performance assessment will be based upon many types of academic and practical evaluations.

You'll be exposed to on-the-job conditions so be prepared to work outdoors with work-appropriate clothing and boots. You should be in good physical health and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. You should enjoy working outside in the garden setting while utilizing a wide variety of skills and small equipment.

Your certificate will provide great skills for the gardening, nursery, golf course and parks industries. You will be able to further your education and credentials by transferring into year two of a diploma program or carrying on with level three of the apprenticeship route. After ten months of immersion in our horticulture program you will have a strong sense of the many disciplines of horticulture to pursue. We will instill a true passion for horticulture, if you have the interest.

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Horticulture Technician, Certificate

$4,339 (domestic)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

One of:

  • C in English 10 *
  • C in ENGL 050  *

One of:

  • C+ in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 **
  • COM in MATH 038 **

And all of:

  • Submit a short letter expressing your reasons for applying and goals for the course
  • Present a booklet containing six garden photographs (mounted prints, no more than two per page); of a small garden scene, larger landscape, plants, horticulture workplace and/or any other creative setting which interests you, with written captions explaining choice of photo; and
  • Complete a survey sheet provided by the College (or consult the website at camosun.ca/hort).

* Students who do not have the preferred English requirements are advised to refer to the Admission Requirement Course Alternatives or consult with an Admissions Advisor for additional Camosun English alternatives.

** Students may substitute a "C" or higher in Foundations of Math 10 or Pre-Calculus 10 for Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10. Students who do not have the preferred Math requirements are advised to refer to the Admission Requirement Course Alternatives or consult with an Admissions Advisor for additional Camosun Math alternatives. 

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...

Start this July

The program runs from July to April each year.

Please email all materials including the Survey Sheet in PDF format to admissions@camosun.ca.

Apply today

Missing admission requirements?

You may be able to take an assessment or upgrade with us.

Need help applying?

Find out more on How to Apply or speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Contact us

If you have admissions questions contact the Admissions office.

For questions about what you can expect to learn in the Horticulture Program contact horticulture_program@camosun.ca, 250-391-2544.

Faculty/staff profile

Albert van Akker - Program Chair

Albert van Akker

Chair, Architectural Trades and Carpentry Program Leader

JD 134A
Full bio

Faculty/staff profile

Lisa Greig

Lisa Greig

Instructor, Horticulture Lab Technician, Horticulture Technician

Horticulture students

Specialty programs

Camosun offers specialty programs to support trades education for Women and Indigenous people. 

Contact information

Horticulture Program

Location link

Interurban Campus




Trades Apprenticeship Office

250-370-3856, tradesinfo@camosun.ca

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